How are you all doing? I hope that you’re good. You clicked on this blog post, therefore you’ve read the title: I’ve been to Georgia! For about 19 days! Before we flew there, I decided to write down everything that happens during the trip. Kinda like in a diary. However, writing in a diary always seemed rather pointless to me as no one will ever read it. Which is why I decided to start this new short blog posts series: “The Georgia Diaries”. Basically, I will be posting short diary-like entries in each blog post, explaining where we’re going, what we’re doing, etc. Hopefully by reading the blogs you can get to know me better, and even feel like you’ve experienced everything with my family and I! You might also find this helpful if you’re planning on visiting Georgia, as I will be including all of the details from the trip. This would kinda be like a vlog, but in a blog form. Hey, blogs were here first! I would also like to mention that English is not my native language, so please ignore any mistakes that I will probably make, and keep in mind that I’m trying my best 🙂
One last thing before we head over to the first entry: so far two people have read my last blog post, and 18 people have visited my site! Thank you, it means everything to me ♡
03.07.2019, TODAY IS THE DAY! arriving in Tbilisi
Today is the day! we woke up early, drove to the airport and went through hell (a.k.a the security line). It was hella long, but somehow it went smoothly. Then we entered every shopaholic’s dream: the Duty Free. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the duty free in Israel, but let me tell you, it’s huge. Which is why it came as no surprise when I started to feel stressed. I felt as if there was a big stone stuck inside my throat. My brother kept on bugging me and my parents weren’t much help. We had many bags and suitcases that made things worse, because I was left alone to keep an eye on them while my family went to do some extra shopping. Naturally, every other person seemed like a thief, and I felt as if I was being stared at. That was, until my dad came back and gave me an ice-coffee. Maybe it was the caffeine, or the brain freeze, but either way I started to feel much better. Soon enough my brother came back to sit next to me and I wasn’t alone anymore. We drunk iced-coffee, ate chocolate balls and laughed. I got a little anxious when the plane took off, which is something that never happened before, though I’ve watched “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” during the flight so I was alright. When the plane lend, everyone clapped.
As soon as we walked out of the airport, in Tbilisi, we changed our money to the locals’ one, and bought a sim for my parents’ phones, so they could communicate. At the shop, a middle-aged man got super close to us, and made me want to scream “yo, have you ever heard of personal space?” but of course I didn’t. I just moved to the side and waited there.
Walking outside was strange and magical, because everything was really similar to Israel, yet very different at the same time. As we were sitting in the backseat of a taxi, we noticed great and beautiful views. We noticed that some cars had their steering wheel on the left side, and some had it on their right side. Apparently, some cars were originally from England, while others were from the rest of the world. Pretty dope.
When arriving at the hotel, we found out that it was quite fancy. We stayed at the “Silver 34” hotel in Tbilisi. My brother and I stayed in one room, and my parents stayed in a different one. A few minutes after checking in we left the hotel and went on an adventure around the city. The streets, the people the smells and the noises all made me feel as if I was waking in a movie set. We sat down to eat inside a restaurant called “Friend’s House”. Looking back, it was expensive, and the food wasn’t good enough to justify the price. I would rate it 2 stars out of 5. At the time though, we thought that we found a cheap place with some okay-ish food.
After walking a bit more around the city, we bought some fruits (they sell them on the streets) and some things that we had to throw away at the airport (shampoo, deodorant, etc.) I also bought two cute pairs of socks! By this time it was getting late, and so we decided to head back to the hotel. Before going to sleep, I watched some Jane the Virgin. Then we close off the light, and dose off to sleep, with the moon keeping us company during our first night in the city.
04.07.2019, Aerial Tramway, Malls And Noah Centineo
Good morning, and happy 4th of July! Today we woke up at around 8:00 AM and left the hotel in order to look for a place to eat. At 10:00 AM we finally found a small place called “Entrée”. It had a very strong smell of chocolate. The food was great, would rate it 4/5 stars.
Once we were back outside, we went off to ride on the aerial tramway. The line was long. We shared a cell with a Russian family- well, they spoke Russian, but I guess you never know. They had a little girl that made funny noises. She was adorable. The view from up there was stunning! The cell arrived to our destination- the “Narikala”, which was on top of the cliff. We walked around the place, breathed the fresh air, enjoyed the nature and took some pictures (mostly of our surroundings… I would need to learn how to be more photogenic for this blog haha). We saw the “Mother Georgia Sculpture”. It is a giant sculpture of a woman, made of stone. You could see it from the city, when looking up at the mountains. It was amazing seeing it close-up. It really reminded me of the statue of liberty. After walking around for some time my brother and I got on a zip-line. It was really fun! I love those kind of activities. Being around the trees, feeling the mountains breeze…
Once we returned back to the city, we noticed that there are a lot of teenagers my age, trying to make money by selling tours around the city for tourists. One of them spoke to us in Georgian, and when we replied in English he asked: “would you like some water?” instead of “would you like to go on a tour around the lake?” when he realized his mistake he laughed it off, which made all of us laugh together (NOT SHAMING HIM! English is not my native language either, and there really is nothing wrong with making a mistake. It was just a moment that I wanted to share because it brings a smile to my face every time I think about it).
We walked around the Bridge of Peace. It’s a big bridge, very unusual and wonderful (see pictures). In the middle of the bridge a man sat with his guitar and sung. Once we got off the bridge we wandered around until we arrived at the “Flea Market Dry Bridge”. Honestly? It should have been called the artists’ market. All around people sold their art- paintings, drawings, hand-made things… My brother bought himself a small giraffe painting.
At some point we got tired of the market, and it was getting really hot, so we took a taxi to the “Gold Market”. The Gold Market is basically a mall. A great place to go to if you’re planning on doing some shopping. I bought a new phone case and a face mask inside a shop called “Mumus”. At 2:00 PM we sat down to eat inside a restaurant called “Karvasla café”. I ordered pasta with tomato sauce. This restaurant disappointed me as well, and I’ve came to a conclusion why- I kept on ordering “modern food”, instead of their local one. A big mistake. Most of the restaurants only knew how to make local food, and that’s why the pasta, or the pizza that I ordered yesterday turned out the way they did. On the bright side, my dad’s reaction to the food was hilarious, because he is very sensitive to that so he really overreacted. It was funny.
Once we were done eating, we went to the bottom floor of the “Karvasla mall” (the restaurant is located inside the mall). My parents and brother drunk a cold coffee while I sucked on my lollipop lol. A not important fact- my mouth was completely blue afterwards.
We returned to the hotel to rest for a bit, and after a few hours we were back in the streets. My parents and I sat down at “Dunkin Dounuts”, which was a pretty big deal to me. Where I am from we don’t have Dunkin Dounuts, Starbucks, Taco bell or any of that. We don’t have a lot of junk food involve in my culture. Sadly that’s where all of the youtubers, celebrities and random teenagers hung out at. So sitting down there made me feel more normal and cool I guess lol. I ordered ice-coffee and a “pink monster” dounut. After that my mum and I shopped in some beauty stores that I forgot to write down their names, and in “H&M”. I got my first one-piece from there, and I am obsessed with it. We later entered an apple shop and my brother and I wrote some positive messages inside of their display tablets and phones. Outside of a “Calvin Klien” shop I saw a poster of Noah Centineo- yes, the same Noah Centineo that acted in the movie that I watched yesterday on the plane! It was really cool. We also entered my new favorite shop- “Mini so”. We do have this shop back at home, but here everything was so much cheaper, plus they sold stuff that I couldn’t get at home. I bought *6* new face masks (can you tell that I love ’em?). At this point of the night my body was aching so badly because I wasn’t used to walking so much for such a long time. We decided to call it a night, and returned to our hotel. I put on one of the face masks that I got today, and just chilled in bed, watching Jane the Virgin (again!) until I just decided that I should probably go to sleep. And that is, my friends, how our second day in Tbilisi played out.
05.07.2019, Arriving to Kazbegi and a coffee shop inside a bus!
Today at 8:00 AM we were already sitting & eating at the same place where we ate yesterday, “Entrée”. I ate the same things, too: omelet and vegetables, bread and hot chocolate. Yesterday we met a taxi driver named George, who agreed to come and pick us up from the hotel. So right after we were done eating, we packed our stuff, and hopped into his car. That’s how we started our three-hours drive to Kazbegi.
During the ride we stopped a couple of times to see the view (I added a video and some pictures), and one time at a gas station. I bought myself a juice box there. We drove on a road up the mountains and at some point we even started to see snow on the very top. It started to rain, too. I noticed some lights on the sides of the road that were shaped like little figures skiing down the mountains. This car drive was the most scary and magical ever. The view was breath-taking, yet the road was rather scary and not so smooth.
Once we arrived at Kazbegi we thanked George and paid him, and then entered our new home for the next few days- “Guest House 15”. The hosts were super welcoming and nice. After we settled in our rooms we went outside and wandered around. We ate dinner at a place called “Café 5046m”. my parents didn’t like it so much, but I really thought that it was nice. Yes, the food was expansive, but it was good. The waiters were a bit clumsy and bubbly, but they reminded me of my friends and I so I had no problem with that.
After we finished the food my parents wanted coffee (what’s new haha). So we sat down inside the “Awtobus Café”, or “Mondo” (I’m not sure which one is its name). it’s literally a coffee shop, built inside a bus. Would rate it 3.5/5- the hot chocolate I ordered (Ha!) was really bad, but the whole place was so cool that I didn’t even complaint.
Once we returned to the hotel my dad and brother played some ping-pong downstairs, and I sat in our room and wrote this 🙂
OKAY FOLKS, WE’LL STOP HERE FOR NOW.
This took me forever! I hope that you liked it and that it wasn’t hollow or anything. Stick around for part 2! Also I found out that you can subscribe to a blog?! This way you basically get notified whenever I upload something new! So if you’d like to, please do that!